Well, my last post was March 1st and that was the day our new Scrumptious fabric arrived! So as you can guess I have been stitching away on my new projects, which will be finished and ready to go in a couple of weeks. Wish I could show you now, but they still have to be bound and photographed. It will be soon I promise. This line is so cheerful!
But speaking of life and how things get a little tough and crazy sometimes, just when you least expect it, that's exactly what happened to me 3 weeks ago. I went in for my yearly mammogram, you know, just so I could cross it off the list of things to do before life got really, really crazy with all the Quilt Market stuff. (Market is May 17-19). Well, long story short (this 3 weeks has seemed pretty long) I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and am going in for surgery in the morning. Wow! I know, it kind of takes your breath away, I know it did mine. It took some time to wrap my mind around it, take in all the information and make decisions that will affect the rest of my life.
Yes,we have cried and laughed this past few weeks. Its been a bit of a roller coaster ride so far and its just beginning. I am a pretty private person and would not necessarily share this, but felt I should. My reason for even blogging about this is, first of all, I just want to say thanks to so many of you that have already heard and have been so thoughtful and kind. There hasn't been a day go by since, that someone hasn't called or visited or sent something. Words cannot express how grateful I am for so many friends and family that have given me the strength and courage to take this head on and that's exactly what I am going to do. I am not quitting my business, I am not putting my sewing machine away, I am still going to eat chocolate and dream up new designs. Yes, according to my doctors, I will have a year of chemotherapy, I will loose my hair, my eyelashes and eyebrows, I will be sick at times and good sometimes, but the kind I have is very curable. So, when I can, I will sew and if that's not on the energy scale that day I will just go in my sunny sewing room and sit in my comfy chair and smile because I am so blessed and grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that is so aware of my needs and things that are important to me and has given me so much.!
A beautiful life, with a wonderful husband who will stand beside me every step of the way.
Strong children with supportive and loving spouses,
sweet grandchildren that can hug my blues away...
...and thoughtful, kind, neighbors and friends who I know will do anything to
make this journey easier.
I am so humbled already. Last Friday this box of beautiful tulips arrived on my doorstep with the sweetest note from The Moda Family...
... it meant so much! I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group of creative people.
Thank you to all of you! The bouquet is sitting on my desk in my studio and has brightened some very difficult days.
I wanted to let you know, no I will not be at Quilt Market this year. Yes, I have new patterns, 4 of them, because some fabric angels knew I needed to get my fabric extra early this time and my quilts were almost done before I even knew, and yes, you can order them retail on my website or wholesale from United Notions, Checker and lots of other places when they are ready. Yes, my office staff (my girls, Tracy and Emily) will send out your orders while I rest. I promised them I would, but it will be super hard for me to do!!!
Yes, Camille will still be at Quilt Market, she will be showing all of our quilts and projects stitched out of Scrumptious and she will be signing copies of her new book Simply Retro. I saw her advanced copy last night on Skype and its absolutely beautiful! Great Job Camille!!!
Yes, I will be following blogs, Instagram and Facebook with all that's happening and hope all goes well for everyone. I thought about making a life size cut out of myself to put in the booth... but that sounds a little creepy and I am pretty sure that's not going to happen at this point. Just know I am there in spirit. Its been years since I have missed Spring Quilt Market, but it seems I have a different path this year.
I started a Quilt Therapy project awhile ago that I love to work on when I travel or sit at appointments and such. I think I have shown it before, but added some new pieces of Scrumptious and am planning on including pieces from all of our fabric lines so far.
These little paper pieced hexagons are so addictive. This may be huge by the time I get done with doctor appointments and chemo. I will keep you posted. I can't decide how to stitch them together yet ,so if you have any ideas, send them my way.
Well, just want to say that I may not be blogging as often, but will keep you updated here and there. My girls will post occasionally if I can't. We are planning to have a Fat Quarter Cutting Party (no, I won't be the one cutting for a while) just so I can see something happy and fun going on in my sewing room, so watch for that soon.
Thank goodness for beautiful fabric! It can be very healing...
Hope you all have some fun Quilt Therapy today and thanks again to all of you quilting friends out there!